Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health and Disability

This program, on the cutting edge of global health and disability, offers the opportunity to ground the study of disability and health within the expanding context of global norms and regulations of disability policy. Each course includes classroom time, guest lectures and extensive field studies focusing on interprofessional education, policy in health and disability studies and international perspectives on community-based rehabilitation. The faculty is drawn from a field of experts and experienced educators passionate about their area of expertise. In addition, an experienced Health Science Librarian will provide research seminars and support during the program.
  • ISGHD students at Handicap International

    Handicap International - one of the world's leading international humanitarian NGOs, Lyon, France

  • Dr. Kanter running an informal one-on-one with students after her lecture

    Dr. Kanter, informal one-on-one with ISGHD students after lecture “The Right of all people with disabilities to live in the community.

  • Steve Brown, Paralympian

    ISGHD students meeting Steve Brown, captain of the Team GB Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby team.

  • Students by the Thames in London

    ISGHD students take a break from studying on a trip to London

  • Students at WHO, Geneva

    ISGHD students in the Strategic Planning Room, WHO, Geneva

  • Students in London by the Thames waiting to enter Shakespeare’s Globe

    ISGHD students in London on the last field trip of the program, waiting to enter Shakespeare’s Globe performance of “A Midsummer Night's Dream

Course Information


HTLH 401/3.0 - Interprofessional Collaborative Education:  This course offers the theory and context of interprofessional education and collaborative practice from a global policy viewpoint as well as the opportunity to develop and apply the required interprofessional education core competencies. Incorporating field trips to centres of innovation and excellence in interprofessional education and collaborative practice as a core course component, learners will work in teams to develop competencies in interprofessional communication; patient/client/community centred care; role clarification; team functioning; collaborative leadership; interprofessional conflict resolution and reflective practice.

HTLH 402/3.0 - Disability Studies: Issues, Research and Policy:  This course is designed to introduce students to the field of disability studies – definitions and conceptualizations of disability, language for talking about disability, methods of studying disability issues, policy and systems affecting people with disabilities, controversial issues in disability studies.  The course will include lectures, seminars, debates, field trips, student presentations.

HTLH 403/3.0 – Global Perspectives in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR): This course explores global perspectives of community based rehabilitation (CBR) as a strategy for equalization of opportunities, social inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities. It prepares students to design, implement and evaluate CBR programs for and with persons with disabilities internationally by using a gender sensitive and human rights based approach. Students will examine basic CBR concepts and frameworks, health and disability policy, global partnerships, education and training strategies, the World Health Organization CBR Guidelines as well as their application in a variety of CBR programs globally. The course draws on 25 years of ICACBR’s international experience.

Teaching Methods

Speakers, group work, field studies, interviews, case studies, traditional lectures, evaluations of readings, seminars, presentations.

Field Studies

Examples of Field Studies*


Sobell Hospice - offers physical, psychological, social and spiritual care to those facing life threatening illness, death and bereavement.

Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation unit at Brookes Oxford University -  a fitness studio designed exclusively for people who require a high level of supervision due to their medical condition.


School of Hygiene and Tropical Health – a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health.

Geneva, Switzerland

World Health Organization - the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system

United Nations

International Labour Organization - main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.

*subject to change.

Field School Information

Program Schedule 2014 Dates

May 9 – June 21 (3 courses - 9 units)

Enrolment / Deadline

15 students. Apply by March 15th, 2014

Participant Profile

Undergraduate student with Level 2 standing


$9,900 CAD which includes tuition, residence and meals at the Castle, transport, accommodations, entrance fees and some meals for field studies, return transport to/from the airport, return transport for field studies to Oxford, London, Geneva and Leon, France. Students will need additional funds for personal spending, some meals during field studies, health and travel insurance, and transport to and from the UK.

Amended October 2013